Anyone who wants Bellingham to stay as a best-kept secret should not visit the Lonely Planet website this month.
The popular travelers’ site has named Western Washington as the No.2 “unmissable” and off-the-radar place in it’s Best in the U.S. places to visit in 2017.
“The region’s misty mountains and evergreen forests are set to welcome a new generation of pilgrims in 2017,” according to Lonely Planet. It does not mention Bellingham specifically – just Snoqualmie, North Bend, Mount Rainier National Park and the San Juan Islands.
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Maybe the Chuckanut Mountains will hold back all those tourists.
Asheville, North Carolina, came in at the top spot, and Lonely Planet is holding a contest to win a trip for two to visit “one of the USA’s most eclectic and innovative small cities” in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The rest of the top 5: Western Washington; Lincoln, Nebraska; California’s Low Desert and Montana’s Flathead Valley.
See the complete list here.